The Mendota boys basketball team is a win away from playing for a tournament championship.
Wednesday at the Oregon Tip-Off Tournament, the Trojans turned a one-point halftime lead into a 40-33 victory over Big Northern Conference West Division foe Byron to improve to 2-0 in their pool.
Mendota closes pool play at 5:45 tonight against the Hanover JV and a win would give MHS the four-team pool and advance it to Saturday’s 7:15 p.m. Oregon Tip-Off Tournament title game in the Blackhawk Center.
In Wednesday’s win, Trae Blumhorst scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Trojans, while James Carroll added eight points, three assists and two steals.
Princeton 37, Sterling 33
After the Tigers dropped Tuesday’s game at Rock Falls, Princeton bounced back Wednesday with the win over Sterling in the Sauk Valley Shootout at Sterling.
Josh Kieffer scored a game-high 19 points and had three steals, while Austen Stewart chipped in nine points and three rebounds.
Hiawatha 52, LaMoille-Ohio 50
Brandon Morris had 27 points and 13 rebounds but the Lions fell Wednesday at the Ashton-Franklin Center Tournament.
After Putnam County and Bureau Valley fell Tuesday at Wethersfield’s Wally Keller Thanksgiving Tournament, both bounced back with wins Wednesday.
Putnam County squeaked out a 54-51 win over Elmwood.
The Panthers (2-1) trailed by four points after three quarters but outscored Elmwood 17-10 in the fourth quarter for the victory.
Harold Fay scored a team-high 18 points, while Cody Veronda hit three 3-point shots and had 11 points.
The Storm rolled in their 71-45 victory over Midland.
BV (2-1) scored 16 points or more in all four quarters and were led by Parker Neuhalfen’s 19 points, while Brian Lange added 11 points.
Hinckley-Big Rock 66, Marquette 42
The Crusaders hung around early and trailed by five points at halftime but were outscored 34-15 in the second half of Wednesday’s loss at the Seneca Thanksgiving Tournament.
Tyler Verona and Austin McDonnell both scored eight points for Marquette (0-2).
Kewanee 48, St. Bede 35
The Lady Bruins scored just five first-quarter points and never recovered as they fell Wednesday in the third of five games at the Brimfield Tournament.
St. Bede (2-3), which was playing without starters Whitley Funfsinn and Mo Dean, received a team-high nine points from Lydia Stariha and six points from Laura Sickely.